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Wedding for 150
Janna
01/26/21
Hi! I’m helping a friend with their wedding. The wedding is at 5:30. Do We have enough to feed 150 guest?
30 lbs spiral ham
50 lbs shrimp (larger to medium size)
15 lbs grits
6 large cans green beans
6 large cans corn
40 lbs potatoes for potato salad
6 large rectangular chafer pans Mac/cheese
15 lbs rolls
10 gallons sweet tea
8 gallons unsweetened tea
10 gallons lemonade
Thank you so much for your help!
ellen
01/31/21
This is very close. Good work!

30 lbs spiral ham- OK, might go 40
50 lbs shrimp (larger to medium size)- OK
If cold, do not forget cocktail sauce, 1 cup per 5-6 people
15 lbs grits- if dry weight, OK
6 large cans green beans, OK
6 large cans corn, OK
40 lbs potatoes for potato salad, OK
6 large rectangular chafer pans Mac/cheese, OK, non left
15 lbs rolls, 18 pounds
Butter, add 8 pounds butter
10 gallons sweet tea, OK
8 gallons unsweetened tea, OK
10 gallons lemonade, OK
Consider adding either green or fruit salad, use the tables to estimate
Consider adding 8-10 chickens, baked or fried, esp if you do not increase the ham

3 serving lines or 2 double sided lines
Don't forget your ice.

Jana
02/01/21
Thank you so much for your help!
Do you have a good recipe for shrimp and grits to feed 150 guests? Guest do not like tomatoes in it.
ellen
02/02/21
Yes, Charleston style. Will post tomorrow. In the meantime, figure out how you are going to run 3 electric roasters on 3 different electric circuits to prep on day of. Grits don't reheat.
ellen
02/02/21
Basic Grits:
65 cups, about 100 servings

4 gallons water
2 ounces (3 tablespoons) salt
1/2 cup butter
4 pounds 8 ounces (3 quarts) grits
2 cups (1 pound) butter to garnish

Bring water, salt and 1/2 cup butter to a boil. Stir in the grits in a stream, stirring constantly. Bring back to a boil while stirring, then turn to a simmer and cook 25-30 minutes until tender. If it thickens too quickly, add a bit more water.

Note: Quick Grits only take 5-8 minutes
Can use 1/2 real cream for part of the water

Variation: Cheese grits
Use the cream
Beat in enough butter to get a smooth texture with a bit of gloss.
When all mixed, add 2 1/2 pounds shredded cheese. Use a sharp cheese- white cheddar is lovely, yellow is fine, too.
Couple of teaspoons of ground pepper OR 3/4 cup minced garlic or minced pickled jalapeno peppers

Hold 40 minutes in a baking pan at 300

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